of Sleep Apnea Patients
Are your patients at risk?
OSA is the most common form of breathing sleep disorder.
Caused by an obstruction to the upper airway during sleep as a result of several factors:
- Inherent physical characteristics
- Excess weight
- Alcohol consumption before sleep
Most Common Symptoms of OSA
- Morning headaches
- Waking up sweating
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Frequent trips to the bathroom during the night
- Problems staying asleep (insomnia)
- Waking up and gasping for air
- Bed partner witnesses apneas
Sleep Apnea and the Cardiovascular System
- OSA worsens high blood pressure and causes wear and tear on the heart muscle by over-engaging the sympathetic response.
- High blood pressure is present in as many as 50% of people with sleep apnea.
- The relationship between sleep apnea and hypertension is especially significant in cases of intransigent hypertension.
- OSA increases the risk for ischemic heart disease, heart attacks, and stroke.
Every pause in breathing can contribute to the following:
- Oxidative stress/inflammation
- Potential for LV hypertrophy
- Increased insulin resistance
…and many patients can have as many as 100 events per hour!
Obstructive Sleep Apnea has been linked to the following Arrhythmias:
- Ventricular ectopy
- Asystole/sudden cardiac death
PLEASE COMPLETE THE OSA SCREENER
The STOP-Bang Questionnaire : Answer these Eight questions by yes or no
Helping your patients sleep better
- If your patients report sleep complaints, assess for obstructive sleep apnea (STOP-Bang) or other sleep disorders
- Explain that sleep in combination with moderate physical activity may promote remission and help prevent relapse
- Keep CSCC brochures and forms in your office to help foster awareness of sleep disorders in your patients
- If your patient screens positive for OSA and has a supportive clinical history, please refer them to Comprehensive Sleep Care Center for an evaluation
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- An individualized, tailored treatment plan for the entire spectrum of sleep health management
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- Ongoing patient education, long term support and compliance monitoring of CPAP therapy to enhance patient outcomes
- Home Sleep study program available
- Quick turnaround on results and updated follow up notes provided